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Excess abdominal fat has been associated with an increased risk for abnormal cholesterol, high triglycerides, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and metabolic syndrome. This may be true even when BMI is in the normal range.

To measure your waist circumference:

  • Stand up, the measurement should be done on a bare abdomen.
  • Circle your waist with a measuring tape just above your hip bone, or just below your belly button.
  • The tape should be parallel to the floor.
  • The tape should be snug but not compressing your skin
  • Relax, exhale, and measure your waist


Your waist measure may indicate a higher risk of disease if :

Heart health can improve with even small changes to the waist measurement. In most cases it is a better health assesment than weight or BMI changes alone. A person can gain weight and still lose inches around their waist if they are working out and improving their strength and muscle mass.

How to lose abdominal fat?
There is no trick or shortcut. By cutting back on what you eat, choosing healthy foods, and increasing your activity, your body will burn fat all over. But you can't make it target the fat on your belly. Abdominal exercises like crunches will strengthen your abdominal muscles, but don't burn fat as well as aerobic exercise like brisk walking, jogging, bike riding, cardio classes, etc. So get moving!

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a number that compares your height and weight. BMI estimates body fatness for men and women and can be used to assess risk factors for obesity-related diseases. There are limitations to BMI for some people.

To use this calculator:

You can either use the sliders or type your height (size) and weight into the large boxes below. Click anywhere outisde of the input fields to calculate the new BMI number. See below to understand your results.

 

             BMI                          

Weight Status What this Means
Below 18.5 Underweight

A BMI below 18.5 indicates your weight is in the underweight category for adults of your height. Talk with your healthcare provider to determine possible causes of underweight and if you need to gain weight.

18.6 - 24.9 Normal

A BMI score between 18.5 - 24.9 indicates your weight is in the normal / healthy weightcategory for adults of your height. Maintaining a healthy weight may reduce the risk of chronic diseases associated with overweight and obesity.

25 - 29.9 Overweight

A BMI score between 25.0 - 29.9 indicates your weight is in the overweight category for adults of your height. People who are overweight or obese are at higher risk for chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol.

30 and Above Obese

A BMI score of 30.0 and above indicates your weight is in the obese category for adults of your height. People who are overweight or obese are at higher risk for chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are overweight:

Anyone who is overweight should try to avoid gaining additional weight. Additionally, if you are overweight with other risk factors (such as high LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, or high blood pressure), you should try to lose weight. Even a small weight loss (just 10% of your current weight) may help lower the risk of disease. Talk with your healthcare provider to determine appropriate ways to lose weight.

Limitations

This BMI calculator is only valid for adults. BMI for children is age based and can be calculated using this BMI-for-age calculator. BMI may overestimate body fat in athletes and others who have a muscular build. BMI may underestimate body fat in older persons and others who have lost muscle mass. In addition to BMI, Waist Circumference and other health factors should be considered to estimate your risk of obesity-related diseases.

For more information on BMI, see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website on Healthy Weight.

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